Jump Street’s Regional Poetry Out Loud Contest was held February 1, 2018 at the WITF Public Media Center in Harrisburg. Eleven students from schools in Schuylkill, Dauphin, and Cumberland counties competed for the chance to advance to the state finals.
This year’s regional winner is Hannah Kulbitsky, a 10th grader from Blue Mountain High School, Schuylkill County. She recited the poems “Mighty Pawns” By Major Jackson, “Banneker” By Rita Dove, and “The Chimney Sweeper: My mother died when I was very young” By William Blake.
The regional runner up was Brady Chilson, an 11th grader from Carlisle High School, Cumberland County.
We will be in Hannah’s cheering section at the Pennsylvania State Poetry Out Loud contest at The Pennsylvania State Museum on Monday, March 5. Please join us! The state winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to represent Pennsylvania at the National Finals in Washington, DC.
This event is free and open to the public.
WANT TO GET YOUR SCHOOL INVOLVED NEXT YEAR?
In order to compete, schools must register. All materials and resources will be provided. Competitions begin in fall at the school or classroom level to identify one student winner to represent their school at the regional finals. There is a regional finals, which will determine the regional winner to advance to the Pennsylvania State finals. The state winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip to represent Pennsylvania at the National Finals in Washington, DC.
What Must Teachers Do?
- Individual or groups of teachers, a school club, or the entire school may participate
- Teachers can determine the extent of their participation. For example, incorporate POL into a unit of study, perhaps culminating in recitations by each student in front of the class.
- Offer the program as an extra credit project or after school program’s project, or use some or all of the lesson plans offered on-line or in the free teacher’s guide.
- Select one winner from your school through a competition.
What Must Students Do?
- Choose a poem from the POL anthology to memorize and recite.
- Recitations may not include props, costumes, or music. Some gestures and minimal movement may, however, be appropriate to a given poem.
- At the regional, state, and national levels 3 poems must be selected.
What Must the Winner Do?
- Each school’s winner will compete at the regional competition at the WITF Media Center, Harrisburg.
- The regional winner will participate in the state competition.
- The state winner will receive $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to compete for the national championship in May.
- The state winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books.
- The state runner-up will receive $100, and his/her school will receive a $200 stipend for poetry books.For more information please contact Amy Beaver at:
Amy.Beaver@jumpstreet.org or call (717) 238-1887